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‘A lost generation’: UN expert issues urgent call for help to stop Myanmar junta’s war on children

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  • Thomas Andrews, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, revealed the Myanmar military junta’s attacks on children.
  • In a June 14 report, Andrew detailed that the military attacks have displaced over 250,000 children, and more than 1,400 children have been detained. There are also 142 recorded cases of child torture.
  • Andrew highlights Myanmar children as the most vulnerable to the junta’s brutality.
  • If international action is not taken, Andrews warns that “Myanmar’s children will become a lost generation.”

Thomas Andrews, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, reported the Myanmar military junta’s “relentless attacks” on children.

Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is a country that borders Thailand, Bangladesh, India and China. While the majority of the population (54 million) identifies as Buddhist, there are multiple ethnic groups, including Rohingya Muslims.

Video shows Thai soldiers destroying cross-border bridge used by fleeing Myanmar refugees

  • Fortify Rights, a human rights nonprofit, posted a video showing Thai soldiers destroying a footbridge used by Burmese refugees to flee from Myanmar to Thailand.
  • In the video, which was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, a Thai soldier can be seen asking, “What are you filming, f*cker? You want to die?” Another soldier can be seen in the video dismantling one end of the bamboo bridge, whacking the wood apart with what appears to be a long blade.
  • The bridge originally crossed over the Wa Le River, which lies between Thailand and Myanmar.
  • Countless people have been fleeing Myanmar since a military coup overthrew the country’s democratically elected leaders on Feb. 1, 2021.
  • Fortify Rights called on Thai authorities to “investigate their forces’ treatment of refugees” and “abide by the principle of non-refoulement,” which is described by the United Nations as a fundamentental principle of international law that “guarantees no one be returned to a country where they would face torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and other irreparable harm.”

A nonprofit organization that focuses on the protection of human rights posted a video showing Thai soldiers destroying a footbridge used by Burmese refugees to flee from Myanmar to Thailand.

In the video, which was uploaded to YouTube by Fortify Rights on Tuesday, a Thai soldier can be seen asking, “What are you filming, f*cker? You want to die?” The soldier and the cameraperson stand on opposite sides of the river as the video is filmed. 

US formally recognizes Myanmar military violence against Rohingya as genocide

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  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken officially declared that Myanmar’s military junta has committed genocide and crimes against humanity on Myanmar’s Rohingya minority.
  • The declaration, which occurred at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington on Monday, did not establish any direct punitive measures against the junta.
  • Blinken vowed that the U.S. government will continue its effort to push for accountability by allocating $1 million of funding to the United Nations' Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar.
  • Before the official declaration on Monday, the U.S. had only formally used the word “genocide” seven times to describe attacks on several minorities, including the Islamic State's attacks on Yazidis and other minorities.
  • Previously, the U.S. described the junta’s acts as “ethnic cleansing.” Since 2017, more than 730,000 Rohingya have reportedly been driven away from their homes to seek refuge in neighboring countries, such as Bangladesh and Indonesia.
  • The junta organized a coup in February 2021 and has been in power ever since.

The United States has formally declared that Myanmar’s military junta has committed genocide and crimes against humanity on Myanmar’s Rohingya minority.

The official declaration was announced by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington on Monday.

Myanmar families publicly disown their dissident children in newspaper notices due to Junta fear

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  • Burmese families are posting notices in local papers to announce they are cutting ties with their relatives who are against the ruling military junta.
  • The military junta took control of the country after successfully unseating former State Counsellor of Myanmar and Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi last year.
  • Since seizing power, the army has allegedly killed over 1,500 people and arrested almost 9,000, according to the nonprofit Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
  • The army announced in November that it will seize the properties of what it deems opponents and arrest citizens who shelter protesters.
  • Since then, an average of six or seven notices disowning family members have started showing up in state-owned newspapers on a daily basis.

Hundreds of families in Myanmar are posting newspaper notices disowning their relatives who oppose the military junta, including their own children.

Burmese families have been posting an average of six or seven notices daily since November when the ruling junta announced that it would take over properties of enemies and arrest those who shelter dissidents, reports Reuters.

Myanmar military reportedly kills dozens of fleeing civilians in Christmas Eve massacre

Save the Children Myanmar

U.K.-based aid group Save the Children has condemned the recent attack of the Myanmar military on Christmas Eve, which left 38 people dead and two staff members missing. 

What happened: The victims were reportedly fleeing for refugee camps following a clash between armed resistance groups and the Myanmar military near the village of Koi Ngan, a villager told the Associated Press.

Myanmar’s military-appointed election body charges Suu Kyi with electoral fraud

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Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged for alleged fraud in the country’s national election last year.

Junta’s allegations: On Tuesday, state-run publication Global New Light of Myanmar published the Union Election Commission’s announcement that Suu Kyi, 76, and other senior politicians are facing electoral fraud charges, reported the Associated Press.

18-year-old California high school student starts foundation to aid Rohingya refugees

Aaron Lee Rohingya Crisis

Aaron Lee, an 18-year-old Malaysian American high school senior, founded his own refugee aid organization for Rohingya people after meeting with a former Malaysian prime minister.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya were displaced from Myanmar after the military government committed mass genocide of the ethnic minority in 2017. They sought refuge in nearby countries, and their fight for their existence continues today.

Cat Makes History After Repatriation to the Philippines Amid Myanmar Political Turmoil

A cat owned by a Filipino migrant worker in Myanmar became the first pet to be repatriated to the Philippines when it joined the fifth government-funded repatriation flight amid the COVID-19 pandemic on May 29.

Plea for help: Karen Vinalay, an art director returning home due to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar, initially failed to get permission from the Philippine Embassy in Yangon, to bring along her short-haired cat, Jon Snow White, the Manila Bulletin reported.